Software Engineer – Back End

Job Description
  • Do you want to work in an open, autonomous and user-centred agile environment?
  • Are you motivated by researching and learning all about new technologies?
  • Are you looking for a career that will allow you to continuously develop your self & others?

If so, this could be the role for you.

Job description
In Digital Publishing, we are responsible for the ONS website, its corresponding APIs and content management system. We are an independent multidisciplinary team of engineers, interaction designers, user researchers, tech leads and product managers.

Responsibilities
As a Backend Engineer, you will be responsible for all technical aspects of the external public APIs, internal APIs, and import and export pipelines, including development, security, maintenance and operations. You will mentor junior members of the team to ensure their skills are relevant, up to date and transferable and in line with industry standards and expectations.

Person Specification:

•You enjoy coaching and developing junior engineers, empowering them to design and build digital services using modern industry standard technologies such as Go, Java and AWS
•You are a skilled back end software engineer with experience of strongly-typed languages
•You have an understanding of developing production grade distributed systems
•You will thrive in an open, autonomous and user-centred agile environment.
•You are able to quickly research and learn new technologies and techniques
•You are able to communicate technical concepts to non technical people

Behaviours
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Developing Self and Others

Technical skills
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
Relevant Technical skills will be assessed at interview stage.

Benefits
As well as a competitive salary, you’ll enjoy:

• Generous holiday allowance – 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service in addition to public holidays;
• Good work-life balance – working options include flexible working arrangements Monday to Friday between 7am and 7pm;
• Strong ethos of equality and diversity;
• Up to 3 days paid leave per year for voluntary opportunities;
• Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and statutory paternity leave of 2 weeks plus an additional week of departmental paternity leave all at full pay;
• Highly competitive contributory Civil Service Pension;
• Career development and progression – Career pathway options such as apprenticeships and recognised qualifications for a variety of professions are available;
• Free onsite car parking in Newport and Fareham;
• Cycle to work scheme

Things you need to know
Security
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
Assessment at application stage will be based on your CV and personal statement. Your CV should be tailored to demonstrate any skills, knowledge and experience that are relevant to the content of the role.

Your personal statement should be no longer than 1000 words. You should use this space to provide evidence for each essential criteria within the person specification. As the criteria are scored, we would recommend that you give clear examples for each including the impact of your actions. Success Profiles Behaviour examples are not required at this stage.

In cases where there is a high number of applications the sift pass mark may be adjusted and candidates will be invited to interview in merit order, i.e. those scoring the highest.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed using various assessment techniques aligned to the new Civil Service Success Profiles, where you’ll be assessed against all the behaviours outlined in the advert.

A presentation may be required at interview. Further information will be provided to successful candidates prior to interview.

In certain circumstances, interviews may be conducted by Video Conference.

A reserve list may be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made.

Sift: w/c 30th September 2019
Interviews: w/c 7th and 14th October 2019

For the full terms and conditions of the post, please see attachment.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants
Job contact :
Name : James Anderson
Email : digital.publishing@ons.gov.uk
Recruitment team :
Email : ONS.Resourcing@ons.gov.uk

Further information
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Paul Cudmore, Office for National Statistics, Government Buildings, Cardiff Road, Newport NP10 8XG. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/civil-service-recruitment/complaints/

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